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Alevgul Sorman

Alevgul Sorman

  • Kargua:
    Ikerbasque Associate Researcher
  • Ikerketa-lerro nagusia:
    Environmental and Energy Justice, Just Transitions, Gender, Participation, Transformation, Societal Metabolism
  • BC3 Research Line:
    2. Research Line Low Carbon
  • Harremanetarako xehetasunak:
    E-posta: alevgul.sorman@bc3research.org
    Telefonoa: +34 94-401 46 90 ext. 120
  • Scopus Author ID: 45261576100
  • ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9935-5140

Short CV

Alevgül Sorman (Alev) is an Ikerbasque Research Associate at the Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3). Her research scrutinizes energy transitions with insights from human geography, political ecology and ecological and biophysical economics.

Her publications have contributed to debates on territorial implications of renewable energy expansions, the role of participation and gender-sensitive representations within energy decision-making mechanisms, and synergies across environmental and labour organisations, with co-creation at the heart of her research.

Alev has participated in numerous international and European consortia, currently, she is in the Horizon Europe SSH-CENTRE Research Project. She was formerly part of H2020 PARIS REINFORCE, H2020 TRANSrisk, and H2020 EUFORIE Projects among others.

Alev received her PhD from ICTA-UAB (Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Autonomous University of Barcelona) in 2011 working on the Energetic Metabolism of Societies. She has an MSc degree from Lund University in Environmental Studies and Sustainability Science, Lund, Sweden (2007) and a BSc in Environmental Engineering from the Middle East Technical University (METU), Ankara, Turkey a year spent at Rice University – Houston, Texas, USA.

She has previously been a visiting researcher at the Pufendorf Institute for Advanced Studies (Sweden), Universidad Federal do Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), Instituto de Altos Estudios (Ecuador) and the Italian National Institute for Statistics (Italy).

Alev is also engaged in Youth Action and Climate Outreach. She has participated in the Ship for World Youth (SWY) Programme hosted by the Cabinet Office of Japan in 2012 and 2020.

Journal Articles

  • 2024
  • Galende-Sánchez, E., Sorman, A.H., González-Eguino, M., González-Medina, M., Gómez-Fortes, B. 2024. Behind the curtains of deliberation: unveiling climate policy and behavioural challenges through a mini-public in Spain. Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning. DOI (10.1080/1523908X.2024.2364620).
  • Markanday, A., Lliso, B., Sorman, A.H. 2024. Investing in Nature: Assessing the Effects of Monetary and Non-Monetary Valuations on Decision-Making. Ecological Economics. 219. DOI (10.1016/j.ecolecon.2024.108135).
  • Sorman, A.H., Stock, R. 2024. Solar masculinities from the south: Patriarchal and ethnoreligious authoritarianism through solar infrastructures in Turkey and India. Energy Research and Social Science. 114. DOI (10.1016/j.erss.2024.103583).
  • 2023
  • Siddharth Sareen, Alevgul H Sorman, Ryan Stock, Katherine Mahoney, Bérénice Girard . 2023. Solidaric solarities: Governance principles for transforming solar power relations. Progress in Environmental Geography. 2 (3) DOI (https://doi.org/10.1177/27539687231190656).
  • 2022
  • Avila, S., Deniau, Y., Sorman, A.H., McCarthy, J. 2022. (Counter)mapping renewables: Space, justice, and politics of wind and solar power in Mexico. Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space. 5 (3) 1056-1085. DOI (10.1177/25148486211060657).
  • Parris, H., Sorman, A.H., Valor, C., Tuerk, A., Anger-Kraavi, A. 2022. Cultures of transformation: An integrated framework for transformative action. Environmental Science and Policy. 132. 24-34. DOI (10.1016/j.envsci.2022.02.008).
  • Wilgosh, B., Sorman, A.H., Barcena, I. 2022. When two movements collide: Learning from labour and environmental struggles for future Just Transitions. Futures. 137. DOI (10.1016/j.futures.2022.102903).
  • 2021
  • Galende-Sánchez, E., Sorman, A.H. 2021. From consultation toward co-production in science and policy: A critical systematic review of participatory climate and energy initiatives. Energy Research and Social Science. 73. DOI (10.1016/j.erss.2020.101907).
  • Nikas, A., Skalidakis, S., Sorman, A.H., Galende-Sanchez, E., Koasidis, K., Serepas, F., Van De Ven, D.J., Moreno, J., Karamaneas, A., Koutsellis, T., Kanellou, E., Doukas, H. 2021. Integrating Integrated Assessment Modelling in Support of the Paris Agreement: The I2AM PARIS Platform. IISA 2021 - 12th International Conference on Information, Intelligence, Systems and Applications. DOI (10.1109/IISA52424.2021.9555502).
  • 2020
  • Lieu, J., Hanger-Kopp, S., van Vliet, O., Sorman, A.H. 2020. Assessing risks of low-carbon transition pathways. Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions. 35. 261-270-270. DOI (10.1016/j.eist.2020.04.009).
  • Lieu, J., Sorman, A.H., Johnson, O.W., Virla, L.D., Resurrección, B.P. 2020. Three sides to every story: Gender perspectives in energy transition pathways in Canada, Kenya and Spain. Energy Research and Social Science. 68. DOI (10.1016/j.erss.2020.101550).
  • Nikas, A., Lieu, J., Sorman, A., Gambhir, A., Turhan, E., Baptista, B.V., Doukas, H. 2020. The desirability of transitions in demand: Incorporating behavioural and societal transformations into energy modelling. Energy Research and Social Science. 70. DOI (10.1016/j.erss.2020.101780).
  • Sorman, A.H., García-Muros, X., Pizarro-Irizar, C., González-Eguino, M. 2020. Lost (and found) in Transition: Expert stakeholder insights on low-carbon energy transitions in Spain. Energy Research and Social Science. 64. DOI (10.1016/j.erss.2019.101414).
  • Sorman, A.H., Turhan, E., Rosas-Casals, M. 2020. Democratizing Energy, Energizing Democracy: Central Dimensions Surfacing in the Debate. Frontiers in Energy Research. 8 DOI (10.3389/fenrg.2020.499888).
  • 2018
  • Kovacic, Z., Spanò, M., Piano, S.L., Sorman, A.H. 2018. Finance, energy and the decoupling: an empirical study. Journal of Evolutionary Economics. 28. (3) 565-590-590. DOI (10.1007/s00191-017-0514-8).

Book chapters

  • 2023
  • Alevgul H. Sorman. 2023 Deceitful Decoupling: Misconceptions of a Persistent Myth. In: Villamayor-Tomas, S., Muradian, R. (eds) . In: The Barcelona School of Ecological Economics and Political Ecology . SpringerLink. pp 165–177. ISBN 978-3-031-22565-9.
  • 2022
  • Alevgül H. Şorman and Ethemcan Turhan. 2022 The limits of authoritarian energy governance: Energy, democracy and public contestation in Turkey. In: Majia H. Nadesan, Martin J. Pasqualetti, Jennifer Keahey. In: Energy Democracies for Sustainable Futures. ELSEVIER. ISBN 9780128227961.
  • 2019
  • Alevgul H. Sorman, Cristina Pizarro-Irizar, Xaquín García-Muros, Mikel González-Eguino, Iñaki Arto. 2019 Spain: On a rollercoaster of regulatory change: risks and uncertainties of renewable energy transitions . In: Alexandros Nikas, Susanne Hanger, Jenny Lieu. In: Case study narratives on risks and uncertainties associated with climate mitigation pathways. London. Routledge. 296. ISBN 9780429458781.
  • 2018
  • Avila-Calero, S.,Sorman, A.H. 2018 Transición Energética (Energías Renovables). In: Giacomo D'Alisa, Federico Demaria y Giorgos Kallis (eds.). In: Decrecimiento. Vocabulario para una nueva era. Edición ampliada para Latinoamérica. México. ICARIA. ISBN 978-84-9888-866-9.
  • Turhan, E., Sorman, A. H., Larsen, K. 2018 Reconciling qualitative and quantitative storytelling in just energy decision making: A research design challenge contribution . In: Sumpf, P. and Büscher, C. eds.,. In: SHAPE ENERGY Research Design Challenge: Control, change and capacity-building in energy systems. Cambridge: SHAPE ENERGY.

Other Publications

  • 2023
  • Varjú, V., Tagai, G., Cabello, V., Sorman, A.H., Robison, R., Foulds, C., Bálint, D., Galende Sánchez, E., Zindulková, K., Pálné Kovács, I., et al. 2023. Supporting the Social Sciences & Humanities across Southern and Central & Eastern Europe: A Position Statement for international climate, energy and mobility research. SSH CENTRE.
  • 2020
  • González-Eguino, M., Arto, I., Rodriguez-Zuñiga,A.,X García-Muros, X. Sampedro,J., Kratena,K., Cazcarro, I., Sorman, A.H.,Pizarro-Irizar,C., Sanz-Sanchez, M.J. 2020. Impacto Económico, de Empleo, Social y sobre la Salud Pública del Borrador Actualizado del Plan Nacional Integrado De Energía y Clima 2021-2030. Ministerio para la Transición Ecológica.
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